Keller went six strong innings, giving up one run on just four hits with two walks and five strikeouts to move his record to 9-3 on the season and drop his ERA to 3.34. He’s on the fast track to be Pittsburgh’s rep in the MLB All-Star Game.
Offensively, Carlos Santana got things started in the first with a two-run homer, his eighth dinger of the year, and then Keller took it from there.
Blake Snell had allowed 2 ER in his last 36 innings coming into tonight...Carlos Santana gets 2 here before Snell even gets out of the first.— AT&T SportsNet™ PIT (@ATTSportsNetPIT) June 28, 2023
2-0 @Pirates lead now on AT&T SportsNet!#LetsGoBucs pic.twitter.com/vf252Xax9b
The Pirates got some padding with a big five-run seventh inning, including two-RBI singles from Connor Joe and Henry Davis. Davis went 2-for-4 with the two RBIs and also scored on the Santana homer earlier in the game. He has raised his average to over .300 and has been playing pretty well so far, a bright spot in a season that’s gone south in a hurry.
The Bucs are still fives gmes back of the Cincinnati Reds in the division at 37-42 but are just a half game back of the Chicago Cubs for third place. They’ll be back in action against the Padres at 12:35pm this afternoon.